ASPCA honors Harmony Equine Center

October 23, 2018

Each year, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) honors excellence and leadership in various animal welfare categories. Organizations are recognized for their achievements, including vision, commitment to improving quality of life, outreach and service. The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center® is proud to receive two ASPCA awards this year.

Help a Horse Day Award

Since 1866, protecting horses has been a part of the ASPCA’s life-saving efforts.

This year, the ASPCA celebrated its fifth annual Help a Horse Day with a nation-wide contest, and the Harmony Equine Center was recognized for its efforts to find new homes for horses. Organizations were judged on the number of adoptions and adoption commitments they secured during the contest, the amount of funds raised, the best overall adoption campaign and the most compelling adoption video. Contestants were divided into three divisions, and Harmony received second place in Division 1 and a $10,000 grant.

ASPCA Equine Welfare Award

The ASPCA Humane Awards recognize animal advocates throughout the United States. Organizations and individuals are honored for their overall commitment to animal welfare by improving and changing lives through their passions. The Humane Awards are presented in six categories, and the Harmony Equine Center is proud to be the recipient of the Equine Welfare Award. Harmony will be honored at a luncheon on Nov. 15 in New York City, which Vice President of Community Solutions Duane Adams and Director of Harmony Equine Center Garret Leonard will attend.

“It’s an honor to receive these awards and is a true testament to the army it takes to make a difference,” said Leonard. “From the endless hours and dedication from the Harmony staff, volunteers who do whatever they are asked no matter the weather and all of the Dumb Friends League employees who have invested their lives into making a difference, these awards represent what an amazing team working together can do.”

The Harmony Equine Center is a private rehabilitation and adoption facility for abused and neglected horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that have been removed from their owners by law enforcement authorities. Harmony also serves as a central hub where horses from human societies and rescue groups in the Midwest and the southwestern United States can receive training and rehoming. In March 2018, Harmony began opening its doors to privately owned horses in Colorado in need of rehoming. Since Harmony opened in 2012, more than 1,500 horses have been helped.

Congratulations to our Harmony team!